Smoke billowed from the pit of Smoke Shack BBQ blowing southward through throngs of barbecue fans and Kansas City Barbeque Society competition hopefuls at the 2014 Festival of Discovery on Friday. (Maddy Jones | Index-Journal}
Smoke billowed from the pit of Smoke Shack BBQ blowing southward through throngs of barbecue fans and Kansas City Barbeque Society competition hopefuls at the 2014 Festival of Discovery on Friday. (Maddy Jones | Index-Journal}
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Smoke billowed from the pit of Smoke Shack BBQ blowing southward through throngs of barbecue fans and Kansas City Barbeque Society competition hopefuls at the 2014 Festival of Discovery on Friday.
The line for the Columbus, Ohio-based team stretched across closed-off Main Street to gates surrounding Howard’s on Main. Pete Marshall, the manager of the team, said they were vendors and competitors for the team’s festival debut.
Marshall said he heard good things about the festival from teams in Florida, and decided to sign on. Though simultaneously vending and competing presented a daunting task, it was a way to ensure that the team earns some cash, regardless of the competition.


“If we win, we win. If we don’t at least we made some money,” Marshall said. “This is our livelihood.”
Other contestants and vendors included those from towns all over South Carolina (Irmo, North Augusta, Willamston, Moore, Lexington, and Greer, to name a few) and beyond. Teams also hailed from Maryland, North Carolina, and other states.

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